Inspiring Healthcare Stories in the News

Inspiring Healthcare Stories in the News

This is the time of year when many of us count our blessings, express gratitude, and reflect back on the year. It’s also a time when we draw close to the people who’ve touched our lives in important ways—usually family and friends. Yet these things come into play within the nurse-patient relationship as well. There are times when a patient (or perhaps his caregiver or family member) experiences a touching, transformational, or even life-changing interaction with a nurse. Here are some of the feel-good healthcare stories in the news this year

  • Last January, ABC News reported on the extreme dedication of a nurse in the Bronx who wouldn’t let a major blizzard get between her and her patients—instead, she braved the snow and cold to walk nearly two miles to get to work. She was one of the few caregivers to show up at the nursing home that day, and ended up working a double shift.

  • During that same snowstorm in the northeast, another nurse was focused on the fact her pediatric patients at the National Institutes of Health were not able to bundle up and go out to play in the snow. This nurse went outside and filled up large tubs of snow, so her young patients could make snowballs and build miniature snowmen. The pictures from this story are adorable!

  • In the Milwaukee area, a retired nurse receiving treatments at an infusion center had a surprising moment of revelation. The staff nurse now caring for her had, as a toddler, been her patient at a nearby children’s hospital! The two had formed a strong bond 25 years ago, and a chance meeting allowed them to renew it.

  • Last summer, the Today show reported on a nurse who retired at the age of 93, after a 72-year long nursing career. The great-grandmother from South Dakota found out how many lives she had touched when 150 people showed up for a retirement ceremony.

  • Northside Hospital in Atlanta is said to deliver more babies than any other hospital in the nation. Last summer, it reached out to nursing home residents, asking them to knit caps for premature infants who don’t regulate their own body temperature very well. To everyone’s surprise, an 86-year old retired engineer taught himself how to knit so he could participate in the project—and he eventually donated 55 hats to the NICU.

  • One of the most heartwarming stories of the year involves a program called Bottle Babies. At a senior living center in Arizona, residents with illnesses like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease are caring for orphaned kittens that must be hand-fed around the clock. The nursing staff has found that many of the residents, particularly those with dementia, respond well to the furry babies. They become less agitated and seem to find a renewed sense of purpose when holding or feeding the kitties.

Every single day, nurses and patients interact in meaningful ways. Sometimes it has far-reaching results. Sometimes the nurse is inspired to excel at compassionate care, and sometimes the patient is inspired to express gratitude or “pay it forward” in ways that touch other lives. Keep this in mind and reflect on it when you begin to feel stressed or burned out. Your patients truly appreciate the kindness and care you provide, and so does American Sentinel University. Thank you for being a nurse!